Does Climate Change Warrant 45 Seconds of Panic Each Week?
This makes a great followup to my earlier post, methinks. Writing for The Onion, Rhett Stevenson recommends freaking out about climate change for at least 45 seconds every week.
And I’m not talking about letting the image of a drowning polar bear play out in your mind now and then. If we’re at all serious, we need to let ourselves occasionally be struck with grim visions of coastal cities washing away and people starving as drought-stricken farmlands fail to yield crops—and we need to do this regularly, every couple days or so, before continuing to go about our routines as usual.
Of course, we can’t possibly worry adequately without the government’s help.
Ultimately, however, our personal moments of distress won’t matter much unless our government intervenes with occasional mentions of climate change in important speeches, or by passing nonbinding legislation on the subject. I implore you: Spend a couple minutes each year imagining yourself writing impassioned letters to your elected representatives demanding a federal cap on emissions.